Wow – I can’t believe it – soon Christmas will be upon us. I’m not quite ready yet – I have several gifts to get. How about you? A good friend gave me this lovely Christmas arrangement which i thought looked smashing on my painted coffee table! I took a photo and posted it on Instagram. Which reminds me – if you are on instragram come and follow me. If you are following me and i haven’t followed you back (because i’m still trying to figure out how it works) please let me know!
LIFEBOOK 2015 Starts in 2 weeks!
This Christmas I am not wanting for too much apart from books (which i love) – artsy, spiritual and personal growth books are always on my list! What is most important to me are experiences……….especially creative experiences. I’m asking for Ukulele lessons (you may recall I tried a couple of years ago to learn how to play and ended up quitting but this time i’d like to be serious about it. My Uke sits in a basket staring at me and imploring me to learn to play!). I also like the gift of online courses. At my age – 60 – there is not too much I need as I’ve amassed so much – as I’m sure you have as well.Taking classes and learning from other creatives always gets my mojo going!
And speaking of which – there are just 2 weeks left before LIFEBOOK 2015 starts up! It’s going to be an Art Journaling extravaganza! What better gift to give to yourself or to a loved one – the gift of creativity!! I can’t think of anything better. LIFEBOOK 2015 is going to be awesome! With more than 2 dozen artists teaching a couple of classes each (i’m one of them! Yay!) your year will be full of joyful creativity and self-discovery.
I can’t wait to begin – in fact I’ll be shooting my first class this week so I’m super duper excited! So if you or your loved one are stumped for what to ask for consider the gift of this amazing year long workshop series. At the end of it all you’ll have a fab book of your adventures.
People are talking about the community that forms around LIFEBOOK and how encouraging the teachers and participants are. For many people this is the cherry on top! I hope you’ll join us!
Love, Violette xo
Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a chance to look around my new virtual home!
Many years ago – maybe 7 or 8 I had a challenge on my blog called “Long necked ladies” (or something to that effect). So many of my readers were challenged when it came to drawing faces so i decided to create a simple face – like the one above which appeared in my book Journal Bliss I asked people to download the image and then to colour, collage or do whatever they liked to it to make it look like theirs. I was amazed at all of the wonderfully diverse images my readers created! From that point on I believe many of them had the courage to veer off and experiment on their own creating their own signature look!
Here are a couple more long necked ladies that appear in my book.
Now you see a number of art journalers who have come up with stencils you can buy to create your own faces. It’s easy enough to create your own template though of a simple face like my long necked lady and then by using a piece of graphite paper transfer it onto your own journal page. By varying the media you use, the hair you put on you can come up with radically different designs!
In this image i am adding dimension to the face using pencil crayon over top of Twinkling H2O’s. It’s a design from my Journal Bliss workshop. You can make your girl as detailed or as simple as you like. And of course like anything the more you practice the better you’ll get at it.
You can then create a page around your drawing or like i did here cut out the face and glue it to a painted background. The possibilities are endless.
I do hope you’ll experiment with drawing faces!
Love, Violette xo
Happy May 5th – Cinco de Mayo!
On my walk the other day I kept thinking of the song “This little light of mine…..” so instantly this image appeared in my mind. It was a bit more time consuming to create than the other cartoons but i like how it turned out in the end! These cartoons for for my 60 cartoons in 60 days challenge.
I posted this image on Facebook yesterday and titled it “May the 4th be with you” – a play on words of “May the Force be with you” (a Star wars phrase). But because i wanted this cartoon to be evergreen as it will appear in my 60 in 60 book I didn’t want to date it!
Here’s a compilation of some cartoons i have created – it looks like I am behind a couple of cartoons. I know I got very busy due to two parties – one of my own and one I attended.
Free Visual Journal Workshop!
There is a free Visual Journal Fodder workshop by the Journal Fodder Junkies – David R. Modler and Eric Scott going on at the Strathmore Website. How wonderful is that? So click here to sign up for this free class. If you are an art journaler I’m sure you’ll love this workshop series.
See you all on Wednesday!
Love, Violette xo
Happy Wednesday everyone!
Today is the 21 Secrets LIVE spreecast and I’m the guest artist for this week. Hooray!
One of my challenges is technology. The thing is everything is changing so quickly in the world that it’s hard to keep up. I think it’s easier for young people to keep up but it certainly is not impossible for more mature people – *ahem to get the hang of things.
So here i am in the above photo this morning with a goofy pair of headsets on trying to get the sound and lighting down right before the show this afternoon. You see the window lets too much light in so I had to put up a sarong on the window – too much light means washed out face. I have a fear of messing up so hope all goes well. I had Mr. G help me last night with the headset and he was having difficulty connecting the speakers and getting the sound right. He was pretty frustrated which made me worried since he’s a techie guy .
I think we got it right………..so fingers crossed!
I’m assembling all of my supplies and books so they can be accessed easily during the spreecast – I’m upstairs and my supplies are downstairs so it’s a bit of a schlepp if i forget something.
Because I have difficulty talking and drawing I’ll be sketching out some ideas so i can ink them in on camera.
There is so much stuff, ideas and life stories that i want to share – I’m sure I won’t get to all of them!
I thought I would share my story here to demonstrate that it’s good to “feel the fear and do it anyway” in life. You stay stuck if you let things like technology or not knowing how to do something prevent you from accessing your dreams!
See you later alligator!
Love, Violette xo
You know how much i love coming up with ideas for everything? Well i came up with 50 ways to Promote your Crafts and made it into an e-book. I’m giving it away totally FREE to my newsletter subscribers (I’m sending the newsletter out late tonight). If you would like to have a copy then please sign up for my newsletter here. I hope you like it – I had fun coming up with the ideas! Popcorn head – just call me popcorn head .
The Whole Enchilada Contest
If you haven’t already done so please enter to win a prize in my Whole Enchilada – 7 Year Blogiversary Contest. There are 7 prizes, one for each year blogging to be given away to some lucky winners!
Wonderful Online Classes!
My fellow teacher Andrea Schroeder at 21 Secrets Art Journaling Playground is facilitating a new e-Course called Creative Magic: Give Your Inner Critic a New Job. Check it out! Judging from some of the responses from my question yesterday – your biggest creative challenge – one of them is dealing with a Nasty Inner Critic.
Diana Trout has a Rescue Book Journals Online Class starting tomorrow! My friend took Diana’s class at Journalfest last year and really LOVED it – she said Diana is a wonderful teacher. There is nothing like recycling but also creating a book to journal in from scratch. It’s very gratifying!
Carla Sonheim has a Junk Mail artist’s Book online Class starting on Nov. 28 and boy – does it ever sound like fun! Carla was a very popular teacher last year at Journalfest. Here’s your chance to experience Carla’s magic while still in your jammies at home .
Oh and after clicking on the Sketchbook Challenge link do check out Carla’s November Challenge – Imaginary Animals! Too much fun – can’t wait to get to work on that one!
Tomorrow I’ll post a bunch of photos from the photo-shoot i had a couple of weeks ago – it was a fun shoot and I’m very happy with the results.